Mica is a powerful software application used to create data web portals for large-scale epidemiological studies or multiple-study consortia. Mica2 is the successor of Mica.
Mica helps studies to provide scientifically robust data visibility and web presence without significant information technology effort. Mica provides a structured description of consortia, studies, annotated and searchable data dictionaries, and data access request management.
It is built upon a multitier architecture consisting of a RESTful application server and clients for instance:
Using Mica2, studies and consortia can administer and display information about themselves and about their constituants, this is:
Mica2 provides a standardized way to describe both networks and the studies that constitute them.
Mica2 study catalogue includes:
Studies makes available different datasets to the research community. Mica2 provides:
Importantly, Mica2 does not store any record-level data itself. Instead, Mica2 includes for studies using the OBiBa Opal software as main secured database solution, a distributed query engine that enables authorized researchers to obtain real-time aggregated reports on the exact number of participant with specific characteristics or phenotypes. The same engine is used to obtain summary statistics on each variable. Using this approach, no individual-level data passes through Mica2, yet researchers can assess the suitability of a dataset for their needs.
Mica2 provides a way to edit forms that allows a study to handle access requests electronically. Using this feature, single studies or consortia can:
With Mica2, you can:
The web portal itself is a Drupal based application. Drupal Mica modules and theme are available to integrate Drupal with Mica server. The pages provided by these modules and theme are based on templates that can be overriden to match your exact needs. Many settings are also available from the Mica modules administration interface.